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Today, at the invitation of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov participated in the North Atlantic Council Foreign Ministers Meeting with countries contributing to the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, which was held at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

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At the meeting, ministers discussed the progress and sustaining of the Resolute Support mission, the further support for financial sustainability of Afghan security forces until 2024, as well as the role of the NATO Alliance and its partners in securing safe and prosperous future of the country and the region.

In his address, Minister Dimitrov emphasised the readiness of the Republic of Macedonia for further support of the Government of Afghanistan and its security forces in order to build a stable and safe future for Afghanistan and the Region.

In the margins of the meeting today MFA Dimitrov had bilateral meetings with Turkey MFA Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Lithuania MFA Linas Linkevicius, Slovenia MFA Miro Cerar, as well as NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller. The meetings discussed the state of play in Macedonia's accession process for membership in the Alliance. MFA Dimitrov briefed his interlocutors on the process of implementation of the Prespa Agreement, and also discussed the current developments in the region.

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MFA Dimitrov will complete his working visit to Brussels this afternoon with meetings with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, and Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, which will be held at the headquarters of the European Commission.

Discussions at the meetings will focus on the commitment of the Republic of Macedonia to its European perspective and the efforts for continued implementation of the necessary reform priorities aimed at achieving the key goal for the Republic of Macedonia reflected in the Resolution adopted in the European Parliament – obtaining a decision to start accession negotiations with the EU in June 2019.